Applying to the Honors Program
The Messiah University Honors Program exemplifies the institution’s commitment to academic excellence and fostering an intellectually rigorous Christian world view.
Admission to the program is highly competitive; an invitation to interview does not guarantee admission to the Honors Program. There are three different levels of Honors Program Scholarships that can be earned and all require participation in the Honors Program. Students who are selected for the program receive either full tuition (Trustees') or partial tuition (President's or Faculty) scholarships.
To qualify, a student must complete the Messiah University application process prior to Feb.1. Students who submit their application, with a combination of SAT, ACT or CLT scores as well as a cumulative high school GPA that falls within the parameters of the following chart; will automatically receive an invitation to interview for the Honors Program. All other applicants are holistically reviewed by a committee and a small number will be invited to interview on a case-by-case basis. These applicants will demonstrate evidence of excellence in their cumulative high school GPA, class rank, performance in several college-credit courses, as well as areas of involvement and recognition included on the application.
Candidates for the Honors Program will be invited to participate in an Honors Program Scholarship Day. These events, which take place from December through February, allow participants to learn more about what they can experience as members of the Messiah University Honors Program. The events will also feature one-on-one interviews and time to complete a brief written response in an on-campus computer lab. Recipients of these premier scholarships will be selected by a committee and notified of decisions in March once all interviews are completed.
*Honors Program Scholarships are not available to transfer students or students starting in the spring semester
Do you have questions about the Honors Program and your eligibility to be invited for an interview?
- Students in their senior year of high school who would like to be considered for the Honors Program must complete the Messiah University application process by February 1, 2023.
- Selected students who have met the initial qualifications described above are invited to interview for entrance during the December, January, and February Honors Scholarship Days.
- At the conclusion of this interview process, students will be notified of the results and will find out if they have been accepted into the MUHP in early March.
How many students are admitted into the Honors Program?
Each year, approximately 110 students are admitted to the program and of those 110 students, approximately 4 seven are awarded Trustees' Scholarship and 70 are awarded the President's Scholarship. The remaining 40 students are awarded the Faculty Scholarship.
Honors Program scholarships
The Trustees' Scholarship is valued at the full cost of the first-year's tuition. This amount is awarded for four years, provided students make satisfactory academic progress.
The President's Scholarship is a combination of the Provost's Scholarship awarded in the first year, plus $5,000. This amount is awarded for four years, provided students make satisfactory academic progress.
The Faculty Scholarship is a combination of the Provost's Scholarship awarded in the first year, plus $1,500. This amount is awarded for four years, provided students make satisfactory academic progress.
For more information about each scholarship and the application process, please follow this link.